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dwell reports digital prints

Fabric Focus 1: Digital Prints

This season's bold fabrics can enliven even the smallest project. Three interior design experts share tips on making the most of limited yardage.
February 4, 2013
Philanthropist and Workshop Residence founder Ann Hatch

Maker's Mark

San Francisco philanthropist Ann Hatch has long dedicated herself to the making of artful objects.
November 7, 2012
modern quilt design by meg callahan

Designer Spotlight: Meg Callahan

We first spotted Providence, Rhode Island–based designer Meg Callahan's work at Matter's Next World exhibition this spring and instantly loved her quilts—a contemporary take on traditional crafts.
October 22, 2012
Sympa3 MaterialChange competition

And the Material Change Winner Is...

Now that the experts have had their say, we are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of the Material Change Textile Competition. Without further ado, the design that will be put into production by Lulan Artisans is SYMPA 3, designed by Evan Polenghi! Our most heartfelt congratulations to Evan. Your stunning design won over the modern hearts of all! We wish you the very best with your Lulan debut. And, of course, a special thank you goes out to all who participated. Stay tuned to Dwell.com for more great contests in the future.
October 10, 2012
cloth and goods

Cloth and Goods

Specializing in products for the home, the textile-driven Portland, Oregon, webshop Cloth and Goods puts a spotlight on old-world fabrics and weaving techniques. Founder Melissa Newirth sources vintage and new materials from Japan, Africa, South Korea, and Lithuania, among other countries, and crafts them into soft goods that let the patterns, textures, and weaves of their respective textiles shine through. We sent a few queries to Newirth about her shop, which opened in the spring of 2012.
September 25, 2012
Material Change Textile Design Competition

Announcing the Material Change Finalists

We were blown away by the caliber of the 120 textile designs received in the Material Change design competition. Partnering with Lulan, we challenged readers to submit an original modern textile design idea using traditional weaving techniques and construction methods as inspiration. Below are the seven finalists. Check back in on October 9 to find out whose design will be put into production by Lulan.
September 14, 2012
tunisia montapis

Tendence 2012 at Messe Frankfurt: Textiles out of Africa

One of the special exhibitions at Tendence was Africa Chic, a collection of objects designed and manufactured in Africa. We rarely get a chance to feature designs from the continent, and so jumped at the chance to see what the show was about. Many of the objects were expected—woven baskets, traditional jewelry, wooden vases—but the textiles stood out. While traditional, the colors and geometric patterns would not look out of place in a modern home. A neighboring series of booths featuring designs from Tunisia—a country that is now finding its footing after overthrowing its former dictator—also featured some stunning pieces, which made for a rich haptic and visual experience. The grouping was meant more to boost exports and there isn't typically a click-to-buy online shop for the products (but many designers said that they take orders via email and phone). In the following slideshow, spy the bright colors, thick weaves, and unexpected materials on view at the fair.
August 27, 2012
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